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184. Tirupparaaitturai


Location: Tirupparaitturai near Tiruchirappalli .
(Chola Naadu - South of Kaveri )
Shiva: Paraitturai Nathar, Dharukavananathar
Ambal: Pasum Pon Nayaki, Hemavarnambika
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description:Known as Dharukavanam in Sanskrit, this shrine is also known as Rajagambiranallur from the time of Raja Raja II. It is located on the banks of the Akhanda Kaveri; this being the widest point in the course of the river. Tirupparaitturai is one of the 7 Sapta Stanams of the Tiruvanaikkaval Temple.  It is considered to be the 3rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

The Temple: The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum on the 18th day of the month of Purattasi (Virgo). The Shivalingam is said to have been dug out of an ant hill by a devout Chola King, upon his seeing a golden bird frequently flying by it. Much of the current structure is the result of renovations made earlier this century.

Festivals: Hundreds of pilgrims assemble here on the first day of the month of Aippasi (Libra). Festivities at the river, in the month of Aippasi are also encountered at the famed Mayiladuturai temple. The Bhrammotsavam here falls in the month of Vaikasi. 

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